Reference numberJBO/1/134
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/185
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date10 June 1663
Description ' The Experiment was begun to be made, to know, whether the Substance of those bubbles that are observed to float at the top of the water in two Bolt-beads after the [crossed out; Air] water has been well exhausted out of a Receiver, and been readmitted into the same, be real Air, or but rarified parts of that water : And there was put into the place of the Bubble remaining in one of the Boltbeads, included into the same Receiver, as much Air, to see at the next meeting whether the one as well as the other, returne into the pores of the water, or not.

The Experiment of killing a mouse in the condensing Engin Succeeded not, because the Vessel was not Staunch. To be tried again next day, and the Engine to be had in better Order.

Dr Goddard, Mr Pell, Dr Pope and Dr Croon, appointed to haue a care of seting up the long glasse-tube, for the Torricellian Experiment with water.

Mr Hook gaue an Account of his having looked upon Sage-Leaves with a Microscope, to se whether in the cavities thereof, any little Spiders did lurk, and he said to haue seen none.

Dr Goddard Suggested, that the tryal of the growing of Pebble-stones in vessels with water, should be made for more Exactnesse sake, with a Gage ; Others moved to have it made by several persons, in several Waters.

Mr Long affirmed that he could shew a Pebble thus growne in water, unto double its quantity, in a short time.

Monsr. De Sorbeire mentioned, that neer Paris he had observed, two stones that had been two foot distant fromone another, to be now almost grown close together.

Mr Brereton related, that in Cheshire there was a place that within these last 30 years, had been knowne to be nothing but sand, and was now a firme Rock.

Dr Clarke said that one of the Arches of London-bridge viz. the 4th from Southwark - side, had a great Rock concreted to it, insomuch that wereas the Watermen had for-merly counted that Arch to be the safest to passé, they now held the same to be the worst. He and Dr Charleton added, that the like was to be observed on the walls by the waterside of Whitehall. And they wer both together with others, desired to make a further inquiry of these accretions.

Mr Long had observed that earth, being very curiously Sifted , would not, after two yeares passé through the same Seive.

Dr Charleton mentioned the accretions made to the Stones under the waters at the Bath ; and he was desired to make further Observations of it, as he had occasion

Mr Hooks written observations upon Dr Goddard's peice of petrified Wood, wer appointed to be read next meeting.

Dr Clark was again desired to bring in writing the Account he formerly gaue the Company, of a woman, that brought away the bones of her child out of her side.

Sir Robert Moray's paper of the Meneral of Liege, yeilding both Brimstone and Vitril, was read, together with the way of extracting them both out of it, as it us used in those parts. It was ordered to be entered ; and Sir Robert promised to procure a more perfect account hereof.

Mr Long communicated to the Company in writing his observations concerning Smutt in Corne, with the description of it and its differences from other Vices in Corne : together with his conjectures of the Causes of it, and the probable means to avoyd it ; He had the thanks of the Company, and it was ordered to be entered

Mr Packer should be demanded, who it is in Sussex at Billinghurst that hath the Skill of marking those ears in flowering-time, that will not smut afterwards in 2 or 3 yers.

Monsr. Le Sorbiere produced a kind of Cotteon, come out of Canada, and growing neer Paris between two leaues. Mr Long affirmed to have some of the same kind ; and Mr Hill said that New England also aforded the like : And some thought that the common Thistle-downe did resemble it very much, and was as strong and fine.

Monsr. Monconis presented the Company with two written papers of his ; whereof the one contained a way of knowing Exactly, the difference of the weights of Liquors ; as he had shewed it to the Company in the precedent meeting : in the other is described the manner of ordering Silkwormes in France. He received thanks for the Civility, and his papers were Ordered be entered.

The same promised also to describe the way of hatching chickens, as it is used in Egypt.

Mr Hill mentioned, that Silkwormes in Virginia, and even those that out of Europe are transported thither are not Subject to any hurt from Thunder.

Mr Pell mentioned, that as himselfe had observed flyers produced out of dead Silke-worm-butterflyes, put into a box so a friend of his had assured him, that such dead butterflyes of Silkwormes had revived.

Mr Hoskins desired some Leads and Balls for Sounding without a line, for one Mr Jonas More, going for Tangeir the Operator was ordered to provide 4 Leads and 2 Balls between this and Munday, and to deliver them to Mr Hoskins for the said Mr More.

Mr Long proposed a way of advancing the manufacture of Tapestry in England ; which was referred to the Council.

The Operator to give in writing, what he hath observed in the Experiment of the Sinking and floating of Wheat. '
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